POSTED ON Monday, 12.31.2012 / 2:00 PM
By Bill Davidge - Television Color Analyst / CBJ Today




Photo Courtesy:  Miami University Athletics

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  Blue Jackets TV analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for information on college hockey, and he breaks down the action from Ohio's CCHA teams in this blog.

Miami Trips Up Buckeyes AGAIN

Freshman goaltender Jay Williams stopped all 29 shots he faced and the No. 5 Miami hockey team scored a third-period goal to overcome a slow start as the RedHawks topped Ohio State, 1-0, Friday night at CONSOL Energy Arena in the inaugural Three Rivers Classic. With the win Miami improved to 2-0-1 this year against the Buckeyes facing OSU for the third straight time.

“This is nothing new to us. We see Jay, and I'll throw Ryan McKay in as well. We see these two guys go at each other every day in practice. This is nothing surprising to us," Miami head coach Enrico Blasi said.

"Now you still have to play the games. Jay's done an unbelievable job. Ryan got hurt earlier in the season; Jay had to carry the mail. He's the reason why we're at where we're at now. He continues to work hard."

"I thought Ohio State played great. I thought the first 40 minutes they were the better team in fact. If it wasn't for Jay, they might have been up one or two and maybe we were out of the game," Blasi said. "We seemed to find our legs in the third period. McKenzie scored the big goal right off the bat. I think that gave us a lot of energy and then we started to play our game, which was nice to see."

Miami also moved on to Saturday night's championship game of the Three Rivers Classic against host Robert Morris.


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POSTED ON Monday, 12.17.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Bill Davidge - Television Color Analyst / CBJ Today




Photo Courtesy: Eamon Queeney, Dispatch

NOTE: Blue Jackets TV analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for information on college hockey, and he breaks down the action from Ohio's CCHA teams in this blog.

Friday night: No. 5 Miami gets shootout win over host Buckeyes

As I entered the Schottenstein Center Friday night, it was apparent there was going to be a solid crowd to cheer on the Ohio teams. A crowd of 4,400 watched two teams battle to a 1-1 tie with Miami winning the shootout, as sophomore Austin Czarnik scored to give the No. 5 RedHawks the extra CCHA point.

Strong defense and goaltending led the way for both teams as freshman goaltender Jay Williams stopped 22 shots for Miami and all three shootout attempts. Ohio State goalie Brady Hjelle made 28 saves while the RedHawks finished with a 29-23 edge in shots.

“Coaches hate shootouts because it is a false sense if you win and if you lose, it is a false sense,” Ohio State coach Mark Oseicki said. “Would you like to gain that point? Yes, but it was a well-played hockey game. There were chances both ways and some great scoring opportunities. Both teams competed hard. It had to be fun to watch.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.10.2012 / 9:00 AM
By Bill Davidge - Television Color Analyst / CBJ Today

Photo courtesy: Miami (Ohio) athletics

NOTE: Blue Jackets TV analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for information on college hockey, and he breaks down the action from Ohio's CCHA teams in this blog.

Friday: Complete effort ensures eight straight for Miami

Miami extended its unbeaten streak to eight games by defeating Lake Superior State 3-2. Lakers junior forward Kellan Lain opened the scoring on the power play, but the RedHawks answered with three straight goals from freshmen forwards Kevin Morris, Sean Kuraly and Riley Barber. Miami freshman goaltender Jay Williams stopped 23-of-25.

"It was one of those nights where you have to find a way to score and the best way to do it is to crash the net for those two goals and then Barber made it 3-1," Miami head coach Enrico Blasi said.

Friday: Early goal not fruitful for Buckeyes in non-conference loss

Ohio State held two leads in the game, but eventually fell to Robert Morris 3-2 in non-conference action. Sophomore forwards Matt Johnson and Max McCormick scored for the Buckeyes, with McCormick’s tally coming on the power play. Ohio State senior goaltender Brady Hjelle made 24 saves in the loss.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.03.2012 / 3:30 PM
By Bill Davidge - Television Color Analyst / CBJ Today




NOTE: Blue Jackets TV analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for information on college hockey, and he breaks down the action from Ohio's CCHA teams in this blog.

Ohio State

Friday: Hjelle continues strong play in goal

A third-period goal by sophomore Ryan Dzingel broke a scoreless tie as Ohio State defeated Michigan State 1-0 at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing. Buckeye senior goalie Brady Hjelle had 31 saves in capturing his third shutout of the season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 11.26.2012 / 10:00 AM
By Bill Davidge - Television Color Analyst / CBJ Today


Photo courtesy: Ohio State athletics

NOTE: Blue Jackets TV analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for information on college hockey, and he breaks down the action from Ohio's CCHA teams in this blog.

Ohio State was the only CCHA representative from the Buckeye State in action over the Thanksgiving weekend, and Mark Osiecki's club earned a weekend split with the Lake Superior State Lakers in upstate Michigan.

Friday: Team offense solidifies win for Ohio State

The Buckeyes were looking to manufacture some consistent offensive play for 60 minutes -- and they did so, getting points from 10 different Buckeyes, along with 31 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle, leading to a 4-1 victory at Lake Superior State. Ohio State led 1-0 after the first on a Matt Johnson goal, and sophomore classmate Ryan Dzingel scored in the second for a 2-0 Buckeye advantage after 40 minutes. Sophomore Max McCormick extended the lead to 3-0 in the third before the Lakers broke up the shutout with a power play goal at 16:22. Junior Chris Crane sealed the win for the Buckeyes with an empty-net goal. Sophomore Tanner Fritz was the lone Buckeye with multiple points, posting two assists for the second-consecutive game.


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POSTED ON Monday, 11.19.2012 / 2:00 PM
By Bill Davidge - Television Color Analyst / CBJ Today

(Photo courtesy of Miami athletics department)

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Blue Jackets TV analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in resources for college hockey information in the state of Ohio. He checks in with his latest update on CCHA action in the Buckeye State.


Friday: Miami skates to shootout win over Michigan State

After getting a chance to call some ECHL hockey with the Cincinnati Cyclones and our affiliate Evansville Icemen on Thursday night, I ventured back to my coaching training ground at Miami University for a Friday night contest against the Michigan State Spartans. The NHL lockout did not damper the collegiate crowd with scouts and NHL celebrities in the building. Chris Chelios was in attendance to watch his son Jake take the ice for the Spartans, but it proved to be a successful night for the RedHawks.

For the second time in as many games, sophomore forward Alex Wideman scored the shootout winner as the fourth-ranked RedHawks earned a 2-2 draw against Michigan State at Steve Cady Arena before earning the extra shootout point in the CCHA standings. It was a fast-paced affair and the skill level was extraordinary. In watching Miami, there was not a weak link on the ice -- that team can fly and puck skills were dominating. It was a true pleasure to watch this contest in a full building.


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POSTED ON Monday, 11.05.2012 / 2:00 PM
By Bill Davidge - Television Color Analyst / CBJ Today


NOTE: Blue Jackets television analyst Bill Davidge has spent over four decades playing, coaching, scouting and analyzing the game of hockey. He's one of the most plugged-in sources for news on Ohio's college hockey teams, and checks in here with an update on last weekend's CCHA action.

Photo credit: Miami (Ohio) athletics

Friday Night: Miami at Ferris State
Bulldogs skate away with 3-0 shutout of the RedHawks

There are some great story lines for the fans of college hockey, especially if you are from the Columbus area. During the last NHL lockout in 2004-05, I had the distinct pleasure to assist in coaching the Quebec Peewee representatives from Ohio. Two young men on that team were Sean Kuraly (the son of my former player/record holder at Miami (Ohio) University) and Jason Binkley, a talented young sophomore. Kuraly wears No. 9 for the RedHawks from Miami and Binkley sports his school colors and No. 7 for Ferris State. He is coached by a triumvirate of coaches that obtained their Masters degree and coaching residence from Miami during my tenure…head coach Bob Daniels, Assistants Drew Famulak and Mark Kaufman.

The two youngsters went head-to-head and both were able to contribute to their respective teams. Kuraly scored his first collegiate goal, and Binkley added two assists in the Saturday night contest.


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POSTED ON Friday, 10.26.2012 / 11:35 AM
By Bill Davidge - Television Color Analyst / CBJ Today

Division I college hockey in Ohio…"the celebration of a legacy."

The final year of the Central Collegiate Hockey Assocation (CCHA) is in full swing, and while the lockout has each of us primed for the game of hockey, this will be my attempt to bring you a weekly update on our area collegiate teams. Having spent the majority of my career involved in the collegiate game at Ohio State and Miami, one thing that transcends the action of the game are the people that are in charge.

I have been fortunate to have a personal touch with each of the coaches that head the respective programs today.

Mark Osiecki, Head Coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes

I spent some time with Mark’s dad while I was an assistant coach at Miami. His dad was the head coach of  Burnsville High School and played a small part in recognizing and identifying area prospects in Minnesota for our program. One of those was his own son, Mark.

Mark went on to North Dakota to play collegiate hockey and then on to professional hockey circles as a stellar defenseman. Mark was a winner on every level, both as a player and a coach. He was named head coach of the Ohio State men's hockey program April 24, 2010. Osiecki was the top assistant at Wisconsin the prior six years, and prior to joining the Badgers, was the head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Gamblers in the United States Hockey League for seven seasons.

Osiecki has been a part of NCAA (both as a player and coach) and is now in his third year as the mentor of the Buckeyes.


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